I noticed that Komplett are listing OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator's now. They are priced at €199 and were mean't to be stock since the 5th of this month but they still haven't shown up.
I mentioned a similar item at the start of the year and the OCZS Neural Actuator seems to work in the same manner by processing the users brain patterns. The only thing that makes me a bit dubious is the description of how it works, "actions are interpreted from brain impulses and muscle movements in the forehead". Does this thing read your brain waves or just measure how much your frowning?
Obviously this thing is being aimed at gamers. In example first-person-shooters situations, you still use the mouse to aim but the NIA takes over movement and firing.I would find it interesting if the unit could be used to produce MIDI instructions. If not to produce notes like some kind of mind-theremin, then to act as an expression unit, like a breath-controller or expression pedal; think of a crescendo and it happens! It could be the ultimate control surface for soft-synths, letting you control various parameters as you play.
Even if it had no practical use, I'd still love to get one, if only for the novelty factor. It would have to work of course. It reminds me of one of my favorite childhood programs, "The Girl From Tomorrow", an Australian production. There was a device (fancy headband transducer) that would allow the wearer to do all kinds of magic stuff. I used to love that show, and that girl too :)
Posted at 18:55